MATTHEW 1

12 Outlines

 

MATTHEW 1-2

THE MEN OF CHRISTMAS

 

There are several men who are very much a part of the Christmas story in the Gospel of Matthew.  From some of them we learn negative lessons, and from some we learn positive lessons.

 

JOSEPH - A TRUSTED MAN

Not just any man could be trusted to be the guardian of the Son of God!  Notice 3 qualities that make Joseph a trusted man.

1. He was just. Vss. 18-19

2. He was compassionate. Vs. 19 - Not willing to publicly expose what he thought was Mary's sin, he would privately divorce her.

3. He was obedient. Matthew 1:20-25, 2:13-15, 2:19-23

 

HEROD - A TREACHEROUS MAN

Herod wanted the wise men to find the Christ Child, and report back to him. He said he wanted to worship Him, but he wanted to kill Him.

Notice his act towards the children of Bethlehem. 2:1-8, 16-18

 

THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM - TROUBLED MEN

When Herod was troubled, the whole city of Jerusalem was troubled too.  Probably this was because when Herod was troubled, he troubled others.  But being troubled would also be an indication of unbelief.

Where was the joy that Israel's Messiah was born? Matthew 2:1-3

When there is unbelief, there is trouble! Hebrews 11:6

 

THE WISE MEN - THOUGHTFUL MEN

1. Thoughtful to visit. Matthew 2:1-2

2. Thoughtful to worship.  Matthew 2:11

3. Thoughtful to share. Matthew 2:11

4. Thoughtful to obey. Matthew 2:12

 

 

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Matthew 1-2

JOSEPH’S DREAMS

 

Like the Old Testament Joseph, the guardian of the Lord Jesus in the New Testament was also a dreamer.  God spoke to Joseph often through dreams.

 

THE DREAM THAT BROUGHT PEACE – Matthew 1:18-25

It was a dream that allayed any of Joseph’s fears about marrying Mary, who was pregnant.

 

THE DREAM THAT SUPPLIED PROTECTION – Matthew 2:13-18

Herod, in jealousy, would kill babies in the Bethlehem area. The dream protected Jesus.

 

THE DREAM THAT GAVE PROMISE – Matthew 2:19-21

It was then safe to move back to Israel.

 

THE DREAM THAT PROVIDED PLACEMENT – Matthew 2:22-23

Joseph was guided back to Nazareth due to the dream. This was in fulfillment of prophecy.

 

 

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Matthew 1&2

THE UNSUNG HERO OF CHRISTMAS

 

We hear much about the virgin, the angels, the shepherds, and the wise men.

All of these, of course, can be considered "heroes", in a sense, because of their roles in the Christmas Story. However, we tend to forget God's servant, Joseph, who valiantly served His God. To me, he is the unsung hero of Christmas.

 

HE WAS A SPIRITUAL MAN 1:19

We are shown here that Joseph was both just and compassionate.

 

HE WAS SENSITIVE MAN 1:20-23, 2:13, 19, 21

Four times we are told that God spoke to Joseph in a dream.

He was sensitive to God's leading in his life.

 

HE WAS A SUBMISSIVE MAN 1:24-25, 2:14-15, 21-23

Joseph was not a free thinker. He simply did as God instructed Him.

 

 

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Matthew 1 and Luke 1

GREETED BY ANGELS

 

Angels played an important part in the events occurring before the death of Christ.

They delivered specific messages.

 

A MESSAGE OF PROVISION - Luke 1:5-26

Zacharias and Elizabeth were childless.

The Angel appeared to announce that God would provide a child to this godly couple. This was God's provision for their need, and also God's provision of fulfilled prophecy. Malachi 3:1

 

A MESSAGE OF PROMISE - Luke 2:26-38

The Angel appeared to Mary with a great message of promise.

She would be the mother of God's promised Messiah.

 

A MESSAGE OF PEACE - Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph was troubled over the pregnancy of his promised bride.

The Angel explained the situation to Joseph and gave him peace.

 

 

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Matthew 1:1-17

SPECIAL WOMEN

 

There are some special women in my life.  My wife, Dottie, is of course, special and important to me.  My mom is also of special importance, as is my daughter, Donna!  The Lord has blessed me with two more daughters by way of marriage to my sons.  Carletta and Candace have also become special to me. And now we have two granddaughters, Nicole and Elyssa. I don't think I have to tell you that my granddaughter are special! J  (You may want to introduce your message by mentioning those special women in your life.)

 

In the genealogy of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 1, there are four special women mentioned.  They are, of course, special because of their being included in the lineage of our Lord.  But they are also special because they remind us of the types of people our Lord receives.

 

TAMAR (THAMAR) - THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN - Vs. 3

According to custom, Tamar was to have a husband from among her dead husband's family.  Although Judah promised Tamar a husband, he did not keep his promise.  She was forgotten on purpose! See the story in Genesis 38.

 

Many people feel like they have forgotten, especially during the holidays. However, the Lord Jesus died for all, forgetting nobody!

In a special way, He has not forgotten or forsaken those who have trusted Him as Savior. Hebrews 13:5

 

RUTH - THE FOREIGN WOMAN - Vs. 5

The book of Ruth in the Old Testament tells of this woman who was born a foreigner. First of all, she placed her faith in the Lord God of Israel (Ruth 1:16-18).  Later, she married Boaz.

 

Just as God received this foreign woman into the His Son's genealogy, God receives those who are foreign to church and/or Christianity into his family. One does not need to be brought up in the church in order to be received into God's family.  It's a matter of faith (John 1:12-13)!

 

BATH SHEBA - THE FALLEN WOMAN - Vs. 6

David and Bath Sheba committed adultery!  Her husband was allowed to die in battle.  This was a subtle form of murder.  However there was forgiveness for David and Bath Sheba. Their story is found in 2 Samuel 11-12.

 

As Christians, we often fall into sin.  Although God is not pleased, there is always forgiveness available (1 John 1:8 - 2:2)

 

MARY - THE FAITHFUL WOMAN - Vs. 16

Mary was a sinner just like the rest of us!

However, she was a woman of great faith and sterling character (Luke 1:26-38).

 

We Christians need to remember that faithfulness is a quality that is pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 4:2).

 

 

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Matthew 1:1-17

TOKENS OF GOD’S GRACE

 

These women are found in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

THE ABANDONED – Tamar – Vs. 3, Genesis 38

THE ALIEN – Ruth – Vs. 5, Ruth 1:16-18

THE ADULTERESS – Bathsheba – Vs. 6, 2 Samuel 11-12

THE AVAILABLE – Mary – Vs. 16, Luke 1:26-28

 

 

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Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38

PRE-BIRTH CLASSES

 

When couples are expecting their first baby they often attend pre-birth classes.  God gave Joseph and Mary pre-birth classes.

 

MARY - Luke 1:26-38

LISTENED – Vss. 26-33

LEARNED – Vss. 34-37

LEANED – Vs. 38

 

JOSEPH - Matthew 1:18-25

HE WAS RIGHTEOUS – Vss. 18-19

HE WAS RECEPTIVE – Vss. 20-23

HE WAS RESPONSIVE – Vss. 24-25

 

 

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Matthew 1:18-25

GROWING UP WITH JOSEPH

 

Joseph, the step-father of Jesus, was tested by God through the pregnancy of Mary.  In this passage we learn how trials in our lives will help us “grow up”, as Joseph did.

 

GOD WILL ALLOW EVENTS TO STRENGTHEN US

 

GOD WILL SURPRISE US – Vs. 18

 

GOD WILL STRETCH US – Vs. 19

 

GOD WILL SUPPORT US – Vss. 20-23

God sent and angel to appear to Joseph.  God has sent His Word and His Holy Spirit to support us.

GOD

 

GOD WILL EXPECT US TO SUBMIT – Vss. 24-25

 

 

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Matthew 1:18-25

INTERVENTION!

 

MARY’S DILEMMA – Vss. 18-19

She was pregnant because of the work of the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:26-38

Joseph was ready to quietly divorce her.  Mary was innocent of any wrong doing, but could not prove it.

 

GOD’S DEFENSE – Vss. 20-23

God’s angel intervened to explain Mary’s pregnancy to Joseph.

 

JOSEPH’S DEPENDABILITY – Vss. 24-25

Joseph did as he was told by God.

 

 

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Matthew 1:18-25

A BABY IS ON THE WAY!

 

A MIRACLE - Vs. 18

Mary became pregnant through the work of the Holy Spirit of God.

Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:34-35

 

A MISUNDERSTANDING -  Vs. 19

Joseph, of course, thought that Mary was guilty of unfaithfulness.

Espousal was a very serious commitment.  Even though the couple had not come together physically, they were considered married.

Joseph was thinking of privately giving her a divorce, rather than causing her public shame.  Notice, he was a righteous man.

 

A MESSAGE - Vss. 20-23

Joseph is told that Mary is pregnant by the Spirit of God, and that his name will be Jesus. (Vss. 20-21)  We are told that all of this was done to fulfill the Scriptures. (Vss. 22-23)

 

A MARRIAGE Vss. 24-25

Notice the faith and obedience of Joseph.

 

 

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Matthew 1:18-25

JOSEPH'S DILEMMA

Matthew 1:18-25

 

It's happened before! It will happen again! An engaged young lady is found to be pregnant by someone other than her intended husband. In this case the young lady is Mary, who was pregnant because of the work of the Spirit of God. You can imagine how hurt Joseph, who appears to be a godly man, must have felt.

 

JOSEPH'S CONFUSION - Vss. 18-19

Joseph did not realize that God the Holy Spirit was responsible for the pregnancy.

He was considering his options, the key one being that of divorce. In those days engaged people were considered "married" even before they did not yet live together. In the case of adultery there were the possibilities of stoning or a quiet divorce. Joseph, "being a just man" was considering the kinder of his options.

 

JOSEPH'S COMFORT - Vss. 20-23

Joseph was told not to fear taking Mary as his wife.  The angel that appeared to Joseph explained that the pregnancy was the result of the work of God's Holy Spirit. The child's name was given as "Jesus" because He would the Savior of His people. (Vss. 20-21)

Verses 22-23 tell us that all of these things happened in fulfillment of prophecy.  (Isaiah 7:14)

 

JOSEPH'S COMPLIANCE - Vss. 24-25

Joseph had the faith to believe the Angel's message.

Joseph acted immediately to do as he was told.

 

 

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Matthew 1:18-25

NAZARETH NARRATIVE

 

A PREGNANCY - Vs. 18

A PROBLEM - Vs. 19

A PROCLAMATION - Vss. 20-21

A PROPHECY - Vss. 22-23

A PERFORMANCE Vss. 24-25

Joseph did as he was told.

In a sense of the word, Joseph is the unsung hero of Christmas, who trusted what God had to say, and obeyed!

 

 

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